College Life Hacks

College Life Hacks

Keep Calm And Survive College

Oh the joys of college life. From late night cram sessions, to 8 am classes, and surprise pop quizzes- college has some really fun stuff. Today I’m here to share all the “college life hacks” that this sophomore girl has picked up. This isn’t those fun tips like how to boil noodles in your coffee pot, or how to decorate your dorm room- this is the real stuff. Because let’s be honest, college is really just a survival game.

Save your schedule as your lock screen

I’m starting off with one of my favorites, because this literally saved me so many times this semester. Type up your schedule in Notes, screenshot it, and save it to your lock screen. Include each of your classes, with their time, professor, and room number.

Planners are your new best friend

I’m a firm believer that college students can’t succeed without having a planner. Whether you use the calendar on your phone, or buy a cute Lily Pulitzer planner is completely up to you. I use both, and I write down every single thing as soon as I know about it. I write down assignments while I’m in class, so that I never forget about that test or presentation. I put down my work schedule, friends birthdays, events, errands- basically my whole life.

Keep an emergency bag

I keep one of these in my car and my backpack. Use a mini makeup bag or pencil bag and stuff it with all the essentials. Your “essentials” may be different than mine, but I keep bandaids, chapstick, ponytail holders, bobby pins, hand sanitizer, granola bars, tissues, gum, and a little bit of cash in mine. Just be sure to keep it updated as you use products up.

Rise & Shine

One of the top problems among college students seems to be waking up in the morning. I fully get this, as I’ve averaged about five hours of sleep per night for the last week. I rarely have trouble waking up in the morning, and here’s why. Set three alarms on your phone, all with different ring tones, and DON’T set a snooze option. Set it in a place that you have to reach for it a bit. Otherwise you’ll be tempted to just reach out and turn it off without opening your eyes.

To-Do Lists

I’m beyond obsessed with lists, because I’m a really forgetful person, but I like to stay organized. Besides having two planners, I keep a running to-do list under the reminders tab on my phone. Next to each task I put the day that I need to get it done. This way I can look at each day and see what assignments I need to complete, or errands I need to run.

One binder can do it all

After spending one semester lugging around a ridiculously heavy backpack, I decided to get serious and cut down my backpack to be as lightweight as possible. One way I did this was by switching to just one binder. I use colored dividers to separate my classes, and keep it stocked with notebook paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and my class syllabuses.

Leave your best college life hack in the comments below!

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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